STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433


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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE   ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: GF220191RO                                                                  
                              
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                  CONSTANTINE NOTIAS            DOCKET NO.: EC220173S
                                                
                                                         
                                 PETITIONER  
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW     
                          
               The above-named owner timely refiled a petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 6823 Ridge Blvd, Apt. 18, Brooklyn, NY.

               The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence in the record 
          and has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to 
          the issues raised by the petition.

               The tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a 
          complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
          services in the subject apartment.

               In an answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in 
          the complaint or otherwise asserted that all required repairs had 
          been or will be completed.

               Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted by a D.H.C.R inspector who confirmed the existence of the 
          following defective conditions: 

               1. evidence of vermin in apartment,
               2. bedroom #2 has a defective light switch and fixture.

               The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services 
          and further ordered a reduction of the maximum rent.

               In its petition for administrative review, the owner states, 
          in substance, that services found not to be maintained were 
          repaired.

               The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the tenant on July 
          7, 1992.














               After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the 
          opinion that the petition should be denied.

               Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulation, authorizes a rent reduction where there has been a 
          decrease in essential services which are defined in Section 2200.3 
          to include repairs, maintenance, janitorial services, and removal 
          of refuse.  The owner's petition does not establish any basis for 
          modifying or revoking the Administrator's order which determined 
          that the owner was not maintaining required services based on a 
          physical inspection confirming the existence of defective 
          conditions in the subject apartment for which a rent reduction is 
          warranted.

               The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts 
          so warrant.


               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations for New York City, it is,

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          denied, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:                                    






                                                  ___________________        
                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner        
                                                 
    

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